Zoats: Tea for the time starved but healthy

Who the??? What the???? Eh hello? Is there a typo here? Zoats? Surely someone is having a laugh here. Alack and Alas no I kid you not. Zoats is actually a real thing! A real tasty thing, at that. But what are these things of which I speak (and of which my auto-correct keeps changing to Boats!) Zoats are quite simply oats combined with courgette.

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What??!!! I hear you cry. Why? Just why would you do that? Vegetables in your porridge?!!!! But it’s really no different from spinach or kale in your juice. And now that seem’s normal. Right?

The courgette adds fibre to your meal and this bowl of goodness will contain about one-third of your daily recommended requirement. It’s also low in sugar and free from refined sugar. Plus you can dress it up anyway you like, berries, nuts, banana slices, dark choc’ pieces (this will up the sugar obviously!!). And it’s also a sneaky way to get some vegetables into the kids for brekkie or supper.

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This is prior to cooking!!

Some day’s when we have had dinner at lunchtime and I just don’t want to cook or serve up a limp sarnie to the kids again we have what we call “Breakfast for tea!!” It’s normally met with cheers. Go on judge me – sometimes it’s Weetabix. And this sometimes it’s Zoats.

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This is a bowl of self-restraint – just cinnamon today!!

Zoats are a favourite in my bowl. Tasty, quick, nutritious and really simple.

So how? Here’s how:

Ingredients: (per 2 servings)

1 Cup Oats

1 Grated Courgette

1 Grated Apple

2 Cups Milk or water (I prefer milk)

1 sliced/mashed banana

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon Linseed or Flaxseed

Method:

Put all ingredients except the Flaxseed into a bowl and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in Flaxseed and cook for another minute.

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Toppings – Just for inspiration!! And not all at once. Pick 2!

Frozen berries

Sliced Almonds

Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Maple Syrup/Honey (optional)

Dark Choc Chips

Nut-butter

So give them a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed!!!

Your’s, dreaming of frozen raspberry and dark choc chip,

Cli xx

 

 

 

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